Construction Trades

Program/Enrollment Questions?
Call (440) 891-7732.

Construction trades teaches you how to maintain, repair, construct, and remodel buildings and homes in a real world, practical setting.  The program includes the fundamentals of blueprint reading, site preparation, and training in carpentry, plumbing, wiring, roofing, and drywall installation.  During the senior year students will build or repair actual buildings in the surrounding communities and take field trips to the different training centers in the area.


High School Credit Junior Year
Construction Trades: 2.5, Technology: .5, Math: 1.0
Potential College Semester Hour Credit.

Program Resources

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $185.00
Senior: $115.00

Construction Trades 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Mr. Norm Althen, Season Contractors
Mr. Robert Cachat, Cachat Building Company Ltd.
Mr. Michael Clock, Clock Electric, Inc.
Mr. Ken Field, Cleveland Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Center
Mr. Joel Flagner, Fraley & Fox Construction, Inc.
Mr. Scott Giesler, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Mr. Randy Hamilton, T. Allen Inc.
Mr. William Hocevar, The Great Lakes Construction Company
Mr. John Kiczek, Kiczek Builders Inc.
Mr. Michael Pietraroia, Cuyahoga Community College

Teacher: Thomas Fazio

BS, The University of Akron
Masters, Kent State University
Certifications: Certified to teach carpentry; construction design and building; and drafting occupations
Years at Polaris: 19
Industry Experience: 1-1/2 years as a draftsman; 18 years as a carpenter
Interests/Hobbies: Water skiing, snow skiing, sailing, hiking, traveling and spending time with my family


  • Carpentry
  • Floor, wall, and roof framing
  • Stair building
  • Material estimating
  • Wiring
  • Wiring basic circuits
  • Drawing and reading schematics
  • Plumbing
  • Fundamentals of the drain, waste, and vent system
  • Fundamentals of the potable water system
  • Fundamentals of the storm water/foundation drainage system
  • Practical shop activities in the following areas:
  • Drywall
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Door and window installation
  • Overview of the concrete and masonry trades
  • Blueprint reading
  • Related mathematics
  • Personal, shop, and work-site safety practices


  • Power drills
  • Saber saw
  • Transit
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Table saw
  • Radial arm saw
  • Power miter saw
  • Pneumatic tools

Career Options

  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • Drywall installer
  • Maintenance worker in schools, industry, hospitals, etc.
  • Union/non-union apprentice

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Company owner
  • Professional builder
  • Estimator
  • Construction foreman
  • Construction superintendent
  • Construction manager
  • Building inspector
  • Building manager
  • Architect/engineer